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Tight competition at hedgelaying contest

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 14:25

THE ancient art of hedgelaying was on display at the annual Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition on Saturday.
Nineteen pitches were cut by 35 competitors and there was a demonstration plot cut by former supreme national champion, Peter Tunks.
This year’s competition, held at New Barn Farm, Calbourne, by kind permission of Chris Spence, featured some familiar faces among the competitors.
Three mainland entrants had crossed The Solent to join the novice class, while there was also the welcome return of Paul Sivell, who entered the open class for the first time in some years.
With seven team entrants, there was strong competition in the team class, even though the Isle of Wight College only entered two teams this year.
Matthew Chatfield, Isle of Wight Council’s parks, beaches and countryside manager, said: "The judges commented that the entrants were of good standard, particularly in the novice class where they marked it very closely, with only five points separating the champion from seventh place."
Winners in the team class were father and son team, Big Cook, Little Cook — James and Josh Cook.
In the open class, last year’s champion successfully defended his title, Tom Murphy lifting the AONB Trophy again, with Oz Hoskyns once more coming a close second.

• For full report, results and more pictures, see the Friday, March 2, County Press.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

 


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